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keith replied to the topic 'Rivers of Babylon COMPLETE TAB' in the forum. 15 hours 35 minutes ago
spideryak replied to the topic 'A Chromatic Thread' in the forum. 17 hours 6 minutes ago

Though for many years I wasn't that fond of the chromatic harps. I had to give it some more thought once I came across William Clarke playing some hot tunes. ( I've had a 270 for many years just never did anything with it...so time to change my ways perhaps

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Bender Rodriguez created a new topic ' Rivers of Babylon COMPLETE TAB' in the forum. yesterday

Hello folks

I am searching for the Rivers of Babylon tabs, specially for the following part:

Let the words of our mouth and the meditation of our hearts
Be acceptable in thy sight here tonight

Hope somebody can help me :)


Bender Rodriguez created a new topic ' Hello everybody from Dresden Germany' in the forum. yesterday

Hello folks,
I'm a new lover of the harmonica and just startet with the first steps. I am 25 years young and live in Dresden, Germany. I hope I can find here help, if I have any questions and maybe I can help somtime too :)

I play the Hohner blues harp MS in C and I can play already a few songs (but not in a very good flow :cheer: ) but I keep practicing...

hope to have a good time here.

Greetings from Germany


Marcy replied to the topic 'Life sucks' in the forum. yesterday

I can see how simple camfire tunes wouldn't keep you interested after investing so much time learning fiddle and mandolin. Before you give up on harp though, check out a few players like Sam Hinton.
He gets the harp going in a style you may be more familiar with in your experience with old time and trad bands. I've heard the harmonica called "the poor man's fiddle" and for good reason, I think. With practice, you can imitate the fiddle's driving shuffle and double stops too. Also, with tongue blocking, your tongue will naturally throw in the chop you used to play on mandolin.
However it works out, I really hope you find a way to keep enjoying music. Best of luck!


Dexer created a new topic ' A Chromatic Thread' in the forum. yesterday

Since nobody else seems inclined to do it, I'll start a chromatic harmonica thread.

I don't really have much to say but since the chromatic discussion is taking off in the bending thread, I think the info might be easier to find if we put it in a dedicated thread. Afterall...how many visitors would come to a forum and look for chromatic discussion in a bending thread?

Just for the sake of getting the ball rolling, I own a Hohner CX12, Super Chromonica 270 and a Swan 1248. I've been playing (trying to play) for about two years now. Love the sound but I'm not thrilled by the mechanical attention required by chromatics.


Eric33 replied to the topic 'Dedicated chromatic player' in the forum. 2 days ago

Hi Swapan,i did send you a message some time ago regarding playing the Chromatic but i cannot locate it, i can only assume that you haven't received it.It may have gone into administration.What is it that you want to know and i will try and help.Eric33.


Eric33 replied to the topic 'Bending Notes' in the forum. 2 days ago

Hi folks,i have just been to a Chromatic Harmonica Weekend near my home town,and taking one of the workshops was Brendan Power,one of the things he showed us was how to bend the notes more easily on a Chromatic and that was to remove the windsavers Although i wouldn't do it myself as i am a dedicated Chromatic player,it certainly worked.I hope this is of some use.Keep puffing.Eric33..


AndyT replied to the topic 'Bending Notes' in the forum. 2 days ago


I have a chromatic, Hohner Chromatica 270. I bought it when struggling to bend the notes on my diatonic harps - I had only two then. A phenomenal growth has followed.

I have heard rumours that you can bend on chromatic but haven't tried it. I just haven't got the hang of memorising the note placements or the slide movements. I'm sure if I gave it more time I would, but I much prefer the glissando effect of bending - essential sliding up and down with continuous tone.



AndyT replied to the topic 'Newbie' in the forum. 2 days ago


Don't worry about your puff, playing wil improve your lung capacity so much. I have more puff than most people in my concert band (I play trumpet as well) and that all comes from playing the harp.

Welcome aboard. Whatever you do with the harmonica, do something you enjoy, just to get used to playing it. The rest will come.



AndyT replied to the topic 'Life sucks' in the forum. 2 days ago


I'm happy you've decided to follow you dream again and found a way to circumvent you arthritis.

I do hope you continue with the harmonica, even sporadically. So often during the first few months of learning I found myself questioning why I was doing it, but then once I got to bending it all clicked.

But, I think music is so much based in practise that you do need to be fully committed. Good luck.



jaws created a new topic ' Newbie' in the forum. 2 days ago

Hi all,

New member from Devon , U.K. I have neen wanting to play the harp since I can remember but never got round to it. Now the grey hairs are showing, I have decided to give it a go having just been given a Suzuki pro master v. in C. Ho p e I have enough puff!!


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Clogger replied to the topic 'Life sucks' in the forum. 2 days ago

Well, I've made a decision. I've been playing the harmonica for a month or so now and making a bit of progress, I have a good half dozen campfire tunes under my belt and have started bending notes to play a more bluesy style; but sadly, my heart is just not in it :( I really miss my stringed instruments. Last week I performed as a dancer at The Big Appalachian Festival in Durham, UK, and came into contact with a dulcimer player. It was watching her play that I realised that both the mountain dulcimer and the hammered dulcimer can be played without stress on the fingers, so I'm going to give them both a try and hopefully find something that I feel at home with.

Don't worry, I'm not leaving completely; I'll still drop in from time to time and will still carry a harp in the glove box for those idle moments.

Thanks for all the encouragement



Reed Smith replied to the topic 'Bending Notes' in the forum. 3 days ago

No biggie, I play chromatic too, I own 7 of them. I just think that there may be
others like yourselves who aren't, for whatever reasons, into bending (yet).
You might get more response by starting a separate thread pertaining to the
chromatic. I had the foresight years ago to purchase harmonica repair tools
from a company long since past. I would talk on the phone to the owner of
the company concerning repairs and how to use his tools. Mr. Farrell was
primary a vendor leaning toward the chromatic crowd, but when us diatonic
guys needed help, or a harmonica, he was there. He used to tell me, "If you
can't repair your harmonicas, you can't afford to play them". He was referring
to chromatics.


AONTIVEROS replied to the topic 'new member' in the forum. 4 days ago

hello from mexico! this is a great place to start your journey or to keep on the right path!


SWAPAN DEB replied to the topic 'Dedicated chromatic player' in the forum. 5 days ago

Dexer, in case of my Saxony I faced this sort of valve sticking problem twice in last four months. You are absolutely correct that diatonic harps are almost maintenance free. But, the tone of chromatic? Just splendid!!!

Reed, sorry! You are right, we are discussing off the topic......Swapan


Reed Smith replied to the topic 'Bending Notes' in the forum. 5 days ago

This thread seems to have gone off topic, as there isn't much room for Bending Notes on a chromatic.


george replied to the topic 'Put the pedal to the metal...Joe.' in the forum. 5 days ago

I guess it depends on where and how you intend to play. If you're a bullet guy and end somewhere with and opportunity but not your own mic it could be awkward playing. I learned on a straight mic, but get called to join in with various bands and I never know what mic I'll see until I get up there. I'd suggest going to a music store and try them all out: bullet, condenser, cardiod. Be sure to check up close (like, right on the screen) and back a few inches and back a foot. Some give good control to the player while others can distort or make it so loud the audience winces or so quiet they think you're a mute.